USFS to temporarily close Lefthand Canyon OHV Area

Contact(s): Visitor Services (303) 541-2500

Boulder, Colo. (March 29, 2012) – Starting Friday, the Forest Service is temporarily closing Lefthand Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area to all entry and uses until further notice.  The OHV area is located northwest of Boulder on the Boulder Ranger District (BRD) (see closure order and map).

Warm weather has invited many visitors to the Lefthand Canyon area in recent weeks.  Already this year, Lefthand Canyon OHV area has attracted a higher number of visitors because of its easy access and low elevation location.  Currently, accessing other areas on the BRD is difficult due to snow, muddy conditions or roads that have not yet opened for the season.   The concentration of these uses combined with unusually dry conditions in Lefthand Canyon OHV area have led to this temporary closure.

Acting District Ranger Dave Park states, “Two of three recent fires on the Boulder Ranger District (BRD) were located in the Lefthand Canyon OHV area. Quick response and early detection helped us keep the fires small. But heavy use combined with dry, lower elevation conditions and expected windy weather continues to be a concern.  This area will remain closed until conditions improve.”

Forest Service officials ask visitors to use extra caution with all activities when recreating on National Forest System lands.  At this time of year fire danger can vary by location and increase rapidly on windy days.  Visitors are also reminded that fire restrictions recently issued by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department are applicable to National Forest System lands in Boulder County.

Sheriff Joe Pelle says, “The County appreciates the Forest Service’s proactive stance during this time of very high fire danger and resource issues.”

For alternative places to recreate visit Boulder Ranger Station hours are currently Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  303-541-2500.